Midtown will take on a holly jolly attitude on Saturday when the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation launches its first-ever Santa Crawl with more than 200 costumed Santas and Mrs. Santas stepping out for a sleigh load of holiday fun. Following in the tradition of SantaCon founded in San Francisco in 1994, Santa Crawl is the brainchild of Houstonians Brittany Stephens and Katie Wooldridge.
As Wooldridge explained, "Being fans of the holiday season, and obviously a cold beer, we decided the way to get our fellow young professionals involved was to start a pub crawl." The duo has a friend who suffers from cystic fibrosis thus the fundraiser connection to the non-profit.
There are 309 registered SantaCons in 42 countries, including a Houston SantaCon, also scheduled for Dec. 7, but as of Sunday details for that one were sketchy.
The Santa Crawl, however, will be well-organized with Santas registering here and paying the $60 entry fee. The fun begins at noon when the Santas and holiday costumed participants gather at Celtic Gardens.
"When the clock strikes one, the crawlers are paired into teams of four and will travel their designated routes, moving from bar to bar every 45 minutes," Wooldridge says. From 1 to 5 p.m., the costumed revelers will be treated to a free beer and drink specials at Pub Fiction, Dogwood, Midtown Drinkery, Little Woodrow’s as well as Celtic Gardens where the after-party will be held.
Bring it on, Santa Baby!